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ear infections

Post by mydog99 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:13 pm

hi
my dog has had many ear infections. I read that ear infections can be a sign of low thyroid. he has a thryoid test and it was normal. I read on the internet that some vets do not test thyroid correctly and the dog is actually low for its breed and it is ok by the vets. anyone have experience with this? should I retest my dog for thyroid?

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Re: ear infections

Post by JudyN » Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:21 pm

What breed is your dog?
Jasper, lurcher, born December 2009

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Re: ear infections

Post by mydog99 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:20 pm

a sheltie

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Re: ear infections

Post by gwd » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:28 am

by 'many' how often are we talking about? if there have been several in a year i'd guess that it's not really many infections, but the same one that never really cleared and keeps flaring up.

i have a springer and they are known for icky ears. i had one that i had a hellva time clearing. we put him on Ketoconazole for a 30 day cycle. ……..and panalog twice a day in the ears. the first day I was cleaning the ears about 10 min or so before the panalog………when it started to get under control (after day 10) I only cleaned the ears prior to the evening panalog ointment.

i keep the ears up by weekly cleaning. 2 years later and he still has sparkling clean ears.
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Re: ear infections

Post by Nettle » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:53 am

One or both ears?

Have the ears had an internal examination in case of foreign bodies?

What treatment has he had so far?

Has he any other medical condition?
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Re: ear infections

Post by mydog99 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:40 am

since the dog was little, he has had about 12 year infections, I take him to the vet and they give a cream and benadryl. the vet thinks allergies. then it will clear up and return in a few weeks. do you think a raw diet would be helpful?

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Post by Dawnflight1984 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:24 am

mydog99 wrote:since the dog was little, he has had about 12 year infections, I take him to the vet and they give a cream and benadryl. the vet thinks allergies. then it will clear up and return in a few weeks. do you think a raw diet would be helpful?
If it's allergies, a raw diet may help! It certainly did for my Oreo, who was introduced to a raw diet by her vet when she first diagnosed Oreo with allergy problems. =) Is your vet ok with raw?

Oreo first had an ear infection when she was a wee little 14 week old, before she even completed all her puppy shots. But what recurred most for her was eye infections. I have found a little ACV helps (if your dog is not allergic to it, that is!)

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Re: ear infections

Post by mydog99 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:39 am

what kind of raw diet do you feed?

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Re: ear infections

Post by Nettle » Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:08 am

One or both ears?
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Re: ear infections

Post by mydog99 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:56 pm

moslty one but has been both a few times
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Re: ear infections

Post by mydog99 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:29 pm

my vet does not like the idea of a raw diet, I don't know why, are the packed raw diets ok to try? also what can I give a dog raw? chicken? beef? ground beef?

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Post by dontpugme » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:45 pm

Many vets are mortified if the idea of "people food" let alone a raw diet is brought up. Chicken is always a good place to start. We have many informative threads on raw feeding in this section (Health, Diet and Exercise) section of the forum.
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Re: ear infections

Post by Nettle » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:31 pm

When the ear infections are in both ears, is it both ears together or one at a time?


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Re: ear infections

Post by mydog99 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:45 pm

both ears at the same time,
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Re: ear infections

Post by OnceInAWeil » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:42 pm

mydog99 wrote:moslty one but has been both a few times
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So is it both at the same time, or mostly only one?

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